The Washington Nationals began Day 3 of the 2012 MLB Draft by picking three right-handed pitchers. The third day of the draft features rounds 16-40 and CSNwashington.com will be updating their picks throughout the day.
Here is a recap of the Nationals' draft picks so far:
1st Round - RHP Lucas Giolito - Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)
2nd Round - 2B Anthony Renda - California
3rd Round - LHP Brett Mooneyham - Stanford
4th Round - OF Brandon Miller - Samford University
5th Round - C Spencer Kieboom - Clemson
6th Round - CF Hayden Jennings - Evangel Christian Academy (LA)
7th Round - RHP Robert Benincasa - Florida State
8th Round - SS Stephen Perez - University of Miami
9th Round - RHP Derek Self - Louisville
10th Round - C Craig Manuel - Rice University
11th Round - RHP Brian Rauh - Chapman U (CA)
12th Round - 3B Carlos Lopez - Wake Forest University
13th Round - LHP Elliott Waterman - University of San Francisco
14th Round - RF Jordan Poole - Chipola College (FL)
15th Round - CF Brandon Smith - Woodbridge HS (CA)
16th Round - RHP Ronald Pena - Palm Beach State College
17th Round - RHP Blake Schwartz - Oklahoma City University
18th Round - RHP David Fischer - Connecticut
19th Round - 1B Bryan Lippincott - Concordia University
20th Round - SS James Brooks - Utah
21st Round - C Austin Chubb - Florida Southern College
22nd Round - RHP Will Hudgins - Notre Dame
23rd Round - OF Casey Selsor - U. Texas San Antonio
24th Round - RHP Kevin Dicharry - Texas
When it comes to sports, we sometimes forget that the athletes we look up to are just normal people. Normal people who have a lot to prove to millions of people on a weekly basis. Former Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel has discussed one his human moments in an interview with 590 The Fan in St. Louis.
Ankiel admitted to drinking vodka during his plight as a pitcher. He referenced his first two starts of the 2001 season, in particular against the his opener Arizona Diamondbacks where he allowed his anxiety to giving in to alcohol to soothe him. In the previous postseason, he became the first pitcher since 1980 to throw five wild pitches in a single inning.
It may have worked for a couple of games but Ankiel eventually realized it was only making matters worse.
Ankiel began playing in the MLB at the age of 19 and has had a fluctuating career through six teams. All the while, he has keep a “never give up” mentality.
Why the sudden need to vent? The St. Louis baseball pitcher is getting up close and personal with his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed my Life” which is co-written with sports writer, Tim Brown will be released on April 18.
His two seasons with the Nationals, resulted in 127 hits and 52 RBIs as an outfielder.
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The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports.
Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.
The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras.
The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity.
The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117.
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